May 2, 2020 Subject:
So Encouraging & Convicting
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I read this book on the recommendation of a good friend. I was a bit wary at first, because I knew nothing of Brother Andrew and religious/doctrinal books require discretion. But I was quickly swept into the story. His childhood is so interesting and rather exciting (and I relate to having a half-deaf father who always needs you to yell things xD). His redemption story is absolutely AWESOME and I loved it. His salvation wasn’t’t explained very well but based on his life and what he said I think he really was saved. There were a couple things I was a bit skeptical/unsure about, and I don’t know if I agree with absolutely everything. There was also several mentions of drinking, smoking, telling smutty stories, etc (Andy’s time in the army + the girls in the factory where he worked at one time). What I got the most out of this book was the POWER of PRAYER. The greater part of this story is about Andrew’s travels behind the iron curtain smuggling Bibles, preaching, and encouraging the Christians. There were so many amazing people and amazing stories (and a great sense of humour!—so many hilarious scenes). The best thing, though, was seeing just how completely these operations depended on God and all the amazing ways He rescued and cared for His people. It also made me think a lot about things—how the young people were weaned from the church by the government, how where the Christians were indifferent the religion was completely tolerated because it was dying down... lots of though-provokingness about this book. It was such an encouraging, challenging, convicting book, a great blessing, and I highly recommend it.
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “I was up with the first bird song, dressed and out in the garden with two books in my hand. One was an English Bible; the other was a dictionary. It was doubtless an excellent technique, but it did have some disadvantages. My English during that period was filled with thees, thous, and verily. One time I passed on a request for butter by saying, ‘Thus sayeth the neighbour of Andrew, that thou wouldst be pleased to pass the butter.’”